Black Sox to Biogenesis: The Biggest Scandals & Controversies in Sports History

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Black Sox to Biogenesis: The Biggest Scandals & Controversies in Sports History
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As long as there have been sports, there have been scandals surrounding the world's greatest athletes. Surely the ancient Greeks were no strangers to athletic opprobrium—the first Olympic Games were purportedly held in the nude—and today's sports often feel no different.

This list of some of the biggest scandals in modern sports is far from complete. It is difficult when compiling a chronology of malfeasance, corruption and deceit in sports to include absolutely everything without creating a list that, literally, could never end. At the time of this publication, there is a chance the reigning Heisman Trophy winner could be ruled ineligible by the NCAA and that may not even be the third biggest scandal this month. 

The list of scandals in the modern era of sports topples triple digits off the top of one's head, but we've tried to compile a representative list while acknowledging some other memorable scandals in each write-up along the way. We present them in chronological order.

Again, this list is not exhaustive. Sports are just too damn scandalous for that.

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